Meet Carly and Ellie!
These life-size mechanical animals travel the country visiting elementary schools and teaching kids about empathy for all. Their lifelike movements and mannerisms even make many children ask, “Are they real?” But the real magic happens when they start talking—and educators watch as Carly and Ellie captivate students with their inspiring stories.
Ellie is a recently freed “elephant” who moves her head and wiggles her ears as she shares her story about being rescued from the circus. Then she talks to students about the importance of having empathy for all sensitive living beings, both large and small.
Ellie’s mission to end speciesism includes her explanation that all animals have needs and wants—just like humans—and that we should refer to them using the personal pronouns “he” and “she” rather than “it,” because animals are sentient individuals who deserve our respect and consideration—they’re not inanimate objects. Ellie speaks up not only for animals exploited for entertainment as she was but also for those used for experiments and product testing, food, and clothing.